Lizzie McGuire

Season 2 Episode 14

Just Like Lizzie

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Aired Unknown Aug 09, 2002 on Disney Channel
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Just Like Lizzie
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Gordo and Miranda may be stressed out about starting the eighth grade, but Lizzie feels great about it. She's so self-confident, in fact, that she's taken on mentoring a seventh-grader named Andie, even though Kate sneers at her for associating with a "sevy." Andie seems to worship the ground that Lizzie walks on, and it appears to be a great arrangement at first. But things start to turn a little creepy when Andie starts turning into a clone of Lizzie, imitating her hair style, then dying her hair, then dressing exactly like her! What's even more unnerving to Lizzie is how much Gordo and Miranda like her--even more than the real item, it seems! Gordo is especially taken with Andie, and he actually talks about dating her! Meanwhile, Matt faces a crisis with his Wilderness Cadets group. He must earn a merit patch very soon or he will be demoted to a Bunny Cadet! Dad tries to help him earn the patch but only proceeds to get a bad case of poison ivy and nearly sets himself on fire. Lizzie is tormented by dreams of Andie stealing away her best friends, going after Ethan Craft (who Andie has already got her eye on), and even taking her place in the family. So when Lizzie comes home with Miranda one day to find Andi there unexpectedly visiting with her mother and Gordo, she lowers the boom. She tells Andie she doesn't appreciate her trying to become a clone of herself and lets her know that her mentoring days are over. Andie stalks out in anger. Gordo and Miranda think Lizzie might have been too rough on the girl, but the next day at school they find that Andie has a new role model to emulate--Kate! Meanwhile Sam McGuire is still suffering injuries trying to help Matt, but his son still hasn't earned his patch. But Jo figures out that Matt qualifies for a patch in first aid after taking care of his dad.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Lizzie Learns A Life Lesson Through Failure.

    3.9
    Most of the time airing an episode out of production order either does no or very little harm. But in this episode’s case, it has done plenty. The primary problem stems from the fact that *this* episode was intended to be the season opener for Season Two. It’s not just that it was the first episode to be filmed for the new season. It was also intended to *be* the first episode of the new season, not “First Kiss”, and it shows.



    This episode makes it very clear that Lizzie and the gang have graduated to 8th grade, that this season is a new school year for them. This is very important, and as a result of this episode *not* airing when it was supposed to, this particular development was the source of confusion and bedevilment on the part of the fans of the show until nearly halfway into the new season. Not only was the episode shown out of order, but it was shown *way* out of order.



    So besides being the legitimate Season 2 opener, this episode takes a very mature (and bold) look at Lizzie. Namely, the dark/ugly side to her nature. Something we all possess. While I may not personally *like* how Lizzie acts in this episode, I *am* impressed with this aspect being explored, and I *do* feel it is a great story idea. My disappointment focuses more on Lizzie herself than the writing.



    This episode deals with such issues as being a role model/mentor, and a person being themselves, not someone else.



    This is a ‘growing episode’. An episode where Lizzie gains insight and maturity. The big thing here is that Lizzie gains this insight by failing (this theme is reprised to a lesser extent in “Working Girl”). Quite simply, Lizzie blows the job of being a mentor. Lizzie allows her feelings of jealousy, selfishness, and insecurity to take over. Lizzie not only lets herself down in this regard, but her charge/pupil as well. It is in failing Andie that Lizzie truly fails in this endeavor. Andie depended on Lizzie, and she let her down. And in doing so she set Andie down a path she shouldn’t take.



    This is by far the biggest ‘learning experience’ Lizzie has had thus far. And it is made so by the spectacular, phenomenal, monumental, way that she fails at it.



    While all the episodes feature Lizzie (it is her show after all) some focus on her development as a person more so than others. This is definitely Lizzie’s episode, and as a consequence Gordo and Miranda take a backseat.



    Though there *is* some subtle development on the long-standing thread concerning the romantic attraction between Lizzie and Gordo. Gordo goes gaga over the idea of two Lizzie’s, almost manically so. And he even admits he’s attracted to Andie – *after* she has turned herself into a clone of Lizzie!



    Whereas “Gordo and the Girl” established that Lizzie’s feelings toward Gordo might be changing, this episode shows that Gordo’s feelings for Lizzie may be changing.



    The further development of Andie’s character would be a great plot thread, but alas, I feel that she is a ‘one off’ character whom we will never see again.



    As for the subplot, we are treated to Matt’s attempt to gain a merit badge in some youth organization not unlike the Boy Scouts. Not a bad plot, but it seems like an ill fit with the main story. There’s no real overlapping to any meaningful degree. The subplot operates in a vacuum for the most part, and is not as arresting a story as the main plot is. It almost seems to ‘get in the way’ to some degree.



    Overall, while watching Lizzie fail may be painful, it does serve to propel her to another level of maturity, and that is an important thing. As for Matt, well, he’s Matt.moreless
  • This episode explains a lot about being herself.

    7.3
    This episode tells a lot about being yourself.Andie should have been herself in this episode instead of being Kate or Lizzie.Lizzie could of told Andie it was bothering her that Andie is is being like her.Andie she could of dressed her way instead of dressing like Lizzie and she could of stopped being like Lizzie and coping Lizzie and Kate also ends up making a big deal and showing off that she was a better role model than Lizzie is.This also got Miranda jealous about the who thing.When Miranda wanted a role model,a person that would dress like her and do their hair like her.The key here is be yourself.moreless
Amy Castle

Amy Castle

Andie Robinson

Guest Star

Kenny Lao

Kenny Lao

Busboy

Guest Star

Aggi Ghidoni

Aggi Ghidoni

Kid

Guest Star

Ashlie Brillault

Ashlie Brillault

Kate Sanders

Recurring Role

Clayton Snyder

Clayton Snyder

Ethan Craft

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof or Not: Some have written that it's unrealistic that Andie would know the clothes Lizzie would wear on day. That is a legitimate point, but it is possible she learned about some of Lizzie's clothes and what she would wear from Miranda.

    • Almost immediately after rubbing the poison ivy leaves on his face, Sam has red spots appear. In reality, they would take some time to show up.

    • When Matt and Jo accidentally push Sam out of Matt's bedroom on his chair, Sam should have just crashed into the banister, and not fallen down the stairs.

    • The amount of blotches on Mr. McGuire's cheek after the poison ivy incident changes from shot to shot.

    • In the opening scene, Gordo pronounces the word "sedimentary" as "sedimentry." Though this is a fairly common pronunciation, like "elementary" and "documentary".

    • After Mr. McGuire trips over a lawn gnome, a piece of the grass (obviously some kind of artificial turf) moves just a bit when he begins to rise up.

    • A nitpick: Gordo tells Lizzie that "imitation is the greatest form of flattery," but the most common version of the proverb is "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

    • When Andie and Lizzie are talking together at Lizzie's locker, the locker door is open at first, then closed in the following shots without anyone apparently closing it. After Ethan comes by, Lizzie is shown holding her purse in front of her by the straps, but in the next quick-cut shot a split-second later it's on her left shoulder. (In the blooper reel there's a clip of Lizzie (Hilary Duff) moving her purse to her shoulder.)

    • Gordo is taking a geology class this year? That's a college-type course that is rarely, if ever, offered in high schools, much less to eighth graders! Although, a viewer has written to us about taking an introductory geology class in seventh grade, so in some schools it may be possible.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Miranda: Look at that outfit. She's [Andie] got such style.

    • Matt: Ice, dad?
      Sam: (painfully) Yeah.

    • Matt: Freak.
      Andie: Dweeb.
      Matt: Nat.
      Andie: Rat.
      Matt: (realizes he's not insulting Lizzie) AAAAHHHH! WHO ARE YOU AND PLEASE TELL ME YOUR NOT STAYING! ONE LIZZIE'S BAD ENOUGH!

    • Matt: You forgot to say you snore, you leave hair in the brush and when it's hot out your toes stick together.
      Miranda: They do?

    • Lizzie: I'm sure you could get a patch in UGLY!
      Matt: I'm sure I could.(pause)
      Matt & Lizzie (simultaneously): Did I [he] just agree with an insult?!

    • Lizzie: Andie should want to copy someone, you know, for the important stuff. Like being a better person.
      Miranda: Maybe being a role model is harder than I thought. Plus, it's more fun to find things out on your own.
      Lizzie: Yeah. I think we did OK.
      Gordo: And you never figure out who you really are if you're busy trying to be someone else.

    • Lizzie: I just think we need some space between us.
      Andie: Space?
      Toon Lizzie: Yeah. Space. The distance from here to PLUTO!

    • Kate: You know what they say, you can take the girl out of the seventh grade, but you can't take the seventh grade out of the girl. Like, who still hangs around with sevies?

    • Gordo: Don't get me wrong, I mean having one Lizzie is great. But if there were two of you--words just, just couldn't describe it.
      Miranda: Good!

    • Gordo: She's [Andie] really cool!
      Lizzie: Don't you mean I'm cool?
      Gordo: What can I say, she wears you well. Truth is, if she wasn't a sevy, I'd probably ask her out.
      Lizzie: What? Well, you may as well ask me out!
      Gordo: Why would I want to do that?

    • Matt: Do you know what they do in Bunny Cadets? They take naps! Finger paint! MAKE CERAMIC HANDPRINTS!

    • Lizzie: Look at them [7th graders]--so young, scared, nervous. And look at us--older, wiser, confident.
      Miranda: I'm sorry, did you just call yourself confident?

    • Miranda: I had to get up in front of my French class today and conjugate a verb--I don't even know how to do that in English!

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode can be found in the paperback novelization book Just Like Lizzie. It is also on Vol. 1 of the Lizzie McGuire DVD Collection entitled "Fashionably Lizzie" released on Dec. 9, 2003.

    • Minor changes to the set of the McGuire's home: New refrigerator and blue paint in the bookshelves near the family room.

    • The plot here is similar to the classic movie All About Eve (1950) starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. In that film, a young, aspiring actress ingratiates herself with an older Broadway star, becoming her secretary, but later begins to steal her "idol's" roles and her life from her.

    • Amy Castle, who played Andie, won a 2003 Young Artists Award for "Best Performance in a Comedy Series by a Guest Starring Actress" for this episode. The Young Artist Awards are given to actors under 18 years of age.

    • Music includes the song "I Wanna Be Like You" by the rock group Smash Mouth from the album Disney Mania, which features songs from Disney films and TV done in new versions by various artists. The song was originally performed by Louis Prima in the Disney film The Jungle Book (1967). Also included on the CD is Hilary Duff (Lizzie) doing the song "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room." "I Wanna Be Like You" is played during Lizzie's dream about Andie taking over her life.

    • Stunt double: Tom Ficke (for Sam).

    • Character mentioned but not seen: Mr. Pettus, the science teacher.

    • Continuity: When Andie tells Lizzie she needs to get a good seat in math to avoid someone copying off her paper and getting her sent to detention, she's referring to an previous episode from season 1, "Bad Girl McGuire."
      Andie mentions to Gordo how much she liked his video, the one he made in "Gordo's Video."

    • Care was taken, it seems, to make sure that Matt was not identified as a member of the Boy Scouts or any similar real-life organization. He belonged to the Wilderness Cadets and he was trying to earn a "patch" rather than a badge like a Boy Scout would.

    • Kate's last name is here pronounced Sanders with the short "a" sound instead of "Saunders," as it sometimes is on the show.

    • Filming dates: September 10-15, 2001. It was made about 3 1/2 months after the filming of the last episode of season 1, "Lizzie and Kate's Big Adventure." The clapboards seen on the blooper reel at the end of the show are dated September 10 and September 14, 2001. The second one shown, dated Sep. 14, had a small American flag on it, unlike the first. This was obviously a response to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States which occurred while this episode was being filmed.

    • According to its production number, this was the first episode shot for the second season. But in reality, it is the 14th episode of the second season to be broadcast. This has led to a great deal of confusion among Lizzie fans, who wondered if she has moved on to the eighth grade or was still supposed to be in the seventh.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Toon Lizzie: Go directly to 'Freak.' Do not stop at 'Normal.'
      Toon Lizzie is shown playing a board game when she says this, so we're sure that she's paraphrasing the instructions given in the board game Monopoly: "Go directly to Jail. Do not pass Go."

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